DrnkMcDermott (2882) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big zesty nose of lupalin hops and citrus. Pours a dark orange, almost brown, under a big tan head. Taste furthers the big smack of hop aroma, and Iím comparing this to the dried flower hops I just stuffed in a few jars for safe keeping yesterday. Very citrusy, what with the added orange peel. I think we can compare it to a Tyranena Scurvy. Very sticky malts, but not overly sweet. After a month in my fridge, itís still a powerfully hoppy but enjoyable IPA. Those buying it to support the charity may find themselves somewhat gobsmacked.
DrSilverworm (8185) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, from Dutchís. Nice biscuity malt, kind of toasty. Good citrusy hop, mildly peppery. Bottle says "Ale brewed with dried sweet orange peel", but I donít really pick up on much of that addition -- maybe just a touch of it in the finish. The bottle says nothing of any kind of wood aging either. Maybe this beer is a bit different this year. It does have a satisfying amount of hop, though, especially for the low ABV. Itís just drinking like a very satisfying, balanced, yet well-hopped IPA, at the moment. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Nice full feel. Mild slickness. Clear orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves good thicker reaches and rows of lace. Looks great. Moderate-plus bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Very tasty, satisfying balanced IPA. Especially nice to swig down with my sandwich.
kevinator (1253) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent IPA although it had some age on it but I had to try it since it was aged with baseball bats. Piney hop aroma. Golden brown color with a low head. Medium weight and carbonation was moderate. Nice mix of sweet malt and bitterness that was not overly harsh.
Maltser85 (337) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden orange color. Aroma is slight citrus with some sweet malt. Taste is slightly bitter, the citrus brightness dissipates. Slight pine and a hint of mint. Slight woody note. Not bad, just not remarkable. Slightly thin.
slowrunner77 (6761) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"An ok beer, but not up to the standards of the better IPAs out there, and there are many. I think a couple of the hop varieties used are english (not my favorite in this style). Dug the orange presence, though, so it was still a pretty good brew."
PorterPounder (6067) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - Abercorn St - 22 oz . Medium copper pour, light off-white bubbly head. Standard IPA aroma, hints of spruce and spearmint. Standard IPA flavor, with a solid citrus bitter backbone, some nice caramel maltiness, a hint of maple syrup sweetness. Mouthfeel has a decent thickness to it. A bargain at $4.29 for a bomber.
cards04 (2162) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice orange with lacing. Aromas are citrus and some dank. Similar flavors. Kind of boring but still not terrible.
deyholla (7741) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has grass and a perfumey pine note with an earthy grain backbone. Flavor has earthy pine and a bit of grass backed by some earthy grains.
CanIHave4Beers (3539) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by SaulTBauls
Pours a deep orangish gold with a small head.
The aroma is a little sweet with some graham cracker and grassy hops. Itís a touch forward on booze as well.
The flavor is not terribly sweet, but yes has some honey an graham cracker to it the hops are pretty forward & have a grassy, herbal, and floral character to them. Itís certainly got some wood character as well as some booze.
Itís pretty close to displaying everything I donít like in IPAs, but somehow I donít hate it... whatever.
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, best by September 9, 2014.
Appearance: Clear and vibrant amber body with a creamy light tan head. The head has okay retention, becoming a bit foamy as it loses height.
Aroma: Big caramel malts and sweet orange, hints of grapefruit and underripe mango. Butterscotch also comes to mind, diacetyl? Thick aromas leaning sweet.
Taste: A bit thin after the aroma, diacetyl is mild but showing buttery throughout. Mild grapefruit bitterness. The diacetyl is showing more the more I drink it. The finish lingers a bit bitter.
Palate: Slightly slimy, thin medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Maybe itís the bats, I am not sure, but thereís something here that I do not like. Even without the diacetyl I donít think that this is a standout beer.
EithCubes (5208) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, best by 09/09/14, very cool idea. Nose is heavy orange, zest and rind, with heavy grapefruit and light tropical leanings, lightly dank, some paper and scratchier resins. Weak caramel malt anticipated, but juicy hops. Pours deep but clear orange-red with a dense and creamy beige head. Taste is strongly bitter but not excessive, semi-dry (which is to say semi-sweet) with all of the he above flavors and some doughier edges. Good wood and medium spice from the hops, clean yeast and a touch of soapy cleansing, very fresh and citric with only an average malt background. No alcohol showing, but the mouthfeel is very heavy and wears a bit, medium body otherwise bright, fresh, and clean. Really punches through!